Officials identified the school resource officer who confronted a gunman at Dixon High School in Illinois Wednesday as Mark Dallas. Dallas was hailed as a hero for stopping the shooter, who opened fire near the high school gym.
Dallas was placed on administrative leave as per protocol, police confirmed. Dixon Mayor Liandri Arellano Jr. commended the officer for his actions.
“A lot of things went right today when a great many of them could have gone wrong,” he said. "Things could have gone much worse."
The incident occurred Wednesday morning at the school, some 100 miles west of Chicago, while students were reportedly practicing for graduation. The suspect, identified as a 19 year old former student, fired several shots near the gym. Dallas then pursued him, and the suspect opened fire. Dallas shot back, injuring the 19 year old.
"As we continue to gather more information about the shooting incident at Dixon High School this morning, I extend my deepest gratitude to the Dixon Police Department, and especially the School Resource Officer (SRO) on site, for their swift action today and for keeping our students, teachers and our community safe," Rep. Adam Kinzinger said in a statement.
The suspect was transported for medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries, authorities said. No students or staff were injured.
“We’re lucky the officer was there,” said City Manager Danny Langloss, according to Sauk Valley Media. “His brave actions saved a lot of lives.”
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